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Careful Getting lost in Venice

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Careful Getting lost in Venice

I don't want to get attacked by the Venice lovers, but My experience in this city was not the best one, and I think people should see both good and bad travel stories before deciding to travel somewhere.

I spent 4 days in Venice. I enjoyed a walking tour from someone who lives there and absolutely loved watching the orchestra at the Florinian over lunch. Getting lost in Venice was not as romantic as people say though. Maybe it had to do with the time of year I visited (May) but the low traffic side streets were extremely dirty. There were dog droppings everywhere and I even came across one Alleyway with human excrement in it. I realize that graffiti is a common part of major Italian cities as well, but I also hated that there was graffitti everywhere. All of the low traffic areas that might otherwise have been very charming were ruined by spraypaint.

Venice is obviously a unique city, and I am glad to have seen it, but I honestly would not recommend it as a travel destination for any more than 1 night.

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Hello TA's. just returned from Italy which included 3 days in Venice. I used Android App called "Navigator" by MapFactor on my Nexus4 smartphone. Before traveled to Italy, I paid 20 Euro to download Tom-Tom maps for Italy onto my phone. Since the maps are on my phone, i did not need WiFi or 2G/3G service. Just used GPS. In other words, i set the phone to "Airplane" mode. Airplane mode helps save the battery.

The phone was able to pick up GPS signal 95% of the time. If there was no signal, i could usually get it back by walking no more than 10 meters.

Using the Navigator app with Tom-Tom maps removed all uncertainty about walking in Venice. Venice was easy to get around. I saw people standing at street corners with large maps trying to figure out where to turn. I zoomed by these people with ease.

Since the App works in "Airplane" mode, i could track the airplane as we flew over Italy from Frankfurt. It was fun to use the maps to identify the towns / mountains on the way. I passed the phone around on the plane as others wanted to know what was below.

I used Google Earth to record the GPS coordinates for my destinations. You can input the GPS coordinates into the Navigator App for directions.

The other Android App that was extremely useful was Google Translate. I downloaded the Italian language app to the Nexus 4. Do not need WiFi / 2G / 3G for translations. I have not tried other translators such as Jibbigo.

A good translator app and map app are must haves for travel. And you can use both in Airplane mode to save battery.

The weather was so good during our stay that i never used the "Weather Italy" app.

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52. Re: Careful Getting lost in Venice

my first visit to Venice ( in the '80s ) was not my favourite, perhaps because it was for one day.

My next visit was for a few days, and I loved it, even the getting " geographically embarassed "

( never lost ) part.

I am returning in December, with an Italian friend who is a regular visitor, so I know I will see and learn so much more.

so looking forward to it.

lennyb

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54. Re: Careful Getting lost in Venice

Would of thought they would of already been, this a old post,

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56. Re: Careful Getting lost in Venice

Really Thank you !!!

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57. Re: Careful Getting lost in Venice

hmmm interesting comments re dog poo, but to be honest I have just returned from venice during carnival time and I'd say the best way to explore is by getting lost! We only used maps/GPS when trying to point ourselves back in the direction of our apartment or if we were trying to find something specific. I found it to be a clean city to be honest (not sure whether its because its a peak tourist time) also I understand its probably also because of what you are used to, but for me Venice was a wonderful city to visit, we really enjoyed ourselves and this is the first city that we felt comfortable getting "lost" in, didn't feel too security conscious (within reason) and well around every corner was a new adventure minus the dog poo! Actually it was two days until I saw a dog and went four days without seeing a cat.

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